Tuesday, September 26, 2017

What Is the Ultimate Match?

It is time to share another Elin Hilderbrand novel. This time the title is TheMatchmaker. Like the rest of her novels it is set on Nantucket. I remember Elin discussing this novel when I had my first opportunity to meet her in the spring of 2013. I made a four hour drive on a Sunday to the main library in Charleston for this event. It was worth the journey.


Dabney Kimball Beech is well known throughout Nantucket. She works as the director of the Chamber of Congress for the city of Nantucket. Dabney is most known for her matches of the perfect couples. She has correctly matched forty two couples. Dabney has not been as successful in her own life. Her true love Clendenin Hughes is returning to the island. Does Dabney want to see him? They also have a daughter who is struggling with her own issues. Will she want to meet the father she never knew?

My Thoughts:

I loved this novel! It was entertaining to the very last page. One of Elin Hilderbrand’s best! I recently attended a writing work shop with two bestselling authors. We discussed characterization of the main characters. They referred to the protagonist as having a superhero power. In other words what is her talent?. Dabney is known for her ability to make matches. This power in the novel is described as being a pink or green aura around the people near Dabney. Readers will also meet some of her matches over the years, in various spots in the novel. I also thought it is interesting that her flaw is her own love life. This flaw indirectly affected her daughter. I did not realize when I heard about this novel that Dabney would be so young. I had pictured an eighty year old woman.

Readers will fly through the pages of this novel!



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